December 2011

December 30, 2011 5:10 PM | Posted by Albright, Jeffrey | Permalink
State Senator Tim Keller has introduced proposed legislation to revamp the way Commissioners at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are selected.  Following a series of scandals, including felony convictions of two of its recent Commissioners, Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2) would have the Governor appoint the members for 5-year staggered terms.  The legislature would have a nominating committee evaluate applications of qualified individuals to serve on the Commission.  That committee would make recommendations to the Governor.  The proposed resolution would also set minimum education requirements -- requiring either a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution or at least five years of relevant professional experience as determined by law. read more
December 19, 2011 1:31 PM | Posted by Bingham, Matt | Permalink
Last week, North Carolina-based Duke Energy announced the purchase of two photovoltaic (PV) solar projects in Arizona with a combined generating capacity of 20 megawatts (MWs).  The two projects are the 5 MW Ajo Solar Project in southern Arizona and the 15 MW Bagdad Solar Project near Prescott, Arizona.  Both projects were developed by Recurrent Energy, which has been owned by Sharp Corporation for just over one year now.  The Ajo facility began commercial operation in September of this year and the larger Bagdad facility is scheduled to achieve commercial operation within the next few weeks.  The electricity generated by the projects will be purchased by APS under 25-year power purchase agreements. read more